WEST HILL BLOG NO.14 Conserving the Oaks ...

The Forest School is almost up and running. Much work has been done to create pathways, thin trees and make the forest more inviting. 

The majority of the trees are Norway Spruce (Picea abies) can potentially grow for a hundred years or so, but tucked amongst them are a number of Oak Trees (Quercus robur), which can grow for several centuries. They struggle by being hemmed in by tightly packed Spruces which prevent light from penetrating through the canopy. For this reason, work has started to remove Norway Spruce within 2m of Oaks, to allow light in and give the Oaks space to grow.

Why is this thinning happening? Oaks are really important ecological species as they can host a huge diversity of species of lower plants, insects, fungi, birds and mammals, so by conserving our Oaks, we are encouraging greater wildlife in the forest. 

Giving Oaks more space in the Forest